Theatre review: Sandpits Avenue
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Sandpits Avenue at Zoo Southside (Venue 82), reviewed by David Pollock
Yet another post-Black Watch drama about soldiers returned from the frontline to a world they don’t recognise and which doesn’t treat them with the care they require, this play from Boneyard Theatre at least uses a fresh and different idiom with which to present the lives of its characters.
They tell their stories in rhyming couplets, lending a musical, contemporary quality to a piece of theatre which treats those who go off to war as youths first and foremost, and shows the working class West Country culture from which they come in all its workaday but hope-filled texture.
The staging is dynamic, with the quintet of actors in constant physical movement to match the musicality of their verbal flow. There are gentle, folky guitar songs and beatboxed rhythms, building up to give a compelling and timely portrait of the real lives behind a lost generation whose ambitions are being stifled by economics, who dream “of skills the curriculum doesn’t offer” in a place where “aspiration’s only for the rich [and] opportunities don’t exist”.
From its potentially bleak starting point and subject matter, something which reveals both the energy and the uncertainty of youth is ultimately captured.
Until 26 August. Today 2:20pm
Originally published in The Scotsman